Cultural and Social Events
Providing cultural and social opportunities is an important part of what Centreville Immigration Forum offers the community we serve. Bringing together people of diverse backgrounds is a primary part of our mission. To accomplish this, we have several regular events, as well as special events throughout the year:
Religious Leaders’ Breakfast
Each February, clergy and lay leaders from the faith community gather to enjoy a hot breakfast, learn more about CIF programs, and meet some of the workers who use the Labor Center to find work.
This event features music, dance, and food representing many of the different cultures of local residents. This event draws about 400 people from the area, who come not only to enjoy entertainment but to purchase dinner provided by local restaurants. The celebration is held each April at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church, located at 15451 Lee Highway, Centreville. See more information.
Mother’s Day Celebration
Many of the women in our community are separated from their children, who are being cared for by relatives in their home country. Each year we have a celebration to honor their role as mothers. The celebration also includes families and single men who are missing their own mothers. Each mother is presented with a flower. In addition to food and music, there is a raffle for phone cards to call a mother or child. Sometimes the event end with impromptu dancing!
4th of July Picnic and Soccer Tournament
A celebration of freedom and appreciation for being in the United States! Worker leaders grill marinated meat and sell plates of rice, beans, watermelon and other delicious food. CIF staff offers face-painting for the children. Soccer games are played with serious intentions of winning the tournament. The 4th of July Picnic is always a great gathering of the community at a local park.
Annual Awards Dinner
Our annual “Celebrating our Global Community” recognizes people who have made significant contributions that have benefited the immigrant community and helped build cross-cultural understanding. The dinner is held in late September at the International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax. and is always a great place to meet leaders from local non-profits and faith communities as well as elected officials. See more information.
Typically held several days before Thanksgiving, this pot luck dinner features food from around the world, with turkey and stuffing donated by a local merchant.
Holidays can be a lonely time for those who are far away from family, so a gathering with food and music can lift spirits when work is slow and money is tight.